World’s No 1 Novak Djokovic will clash with defending U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic in the semifinals at Flushing Meadows on Friday. 28-year-old Djokovic overcame the hurdle of 18th seed Spaniard Feliciano Lopez 6-1 3-6 6-3 7-6 (7-2) in the quarterfinals on Tuesday. Djokovic won the first set convincingly but lost the second, then angrily bounced his racket on his bag during the change-over under the sweltering heat of the New York night session.
The top-seed Serb regained control in the opening game of the third set by breaking the Spaniard’s serve. Djokovic went on to win the third set and thrived in the tie-breaker of the crucial fourth to enter the semifinals after 2 hours and 39 minutes.
“He’s one of the rare players that actually serves volleys on the first and second serve,” Djokovic said.
“I’m just glad to get through in four. Obviously, it was frustrating at times but this is quarter-finals of a Grand Slam, this is what you expect.”
Marin Cilic Wins
Reigning U.S. Open champion Croatia’s Marin Cilic edged past Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga after a crucial five set-contest on Tuesday.
Cilic notched up the first two set and appeared to be in complete control. But a rejuvenated Tsonga battled back by winning the third after receiving a knee treatment. The world’s no 9, who won his first Grand Slam title at Flushing Meadows last season, squandered three match points in the fourth set to allow the 19th seed French to force a decider.
Finally, Cilic, with a strapped right ankle, pulled off a win after long three hours and 58 minutes.
“That was a big mental fight after that fourth set. It got physical towards the end. It was very hot,” Cilic said.